I did a podcast on this show here:
Mitsuya Nagai vs. Gogitidze Bakouri
|Bakouri hits Karelin's Lift!|
Mikhail Ilioukhine vs. Nikolai Zouev
Mikhail Ilioukhine got the win with a version of the Buffalo Sleeper in a great match. This had some awesome chain and technical wrestling in it and these two stretched each other apart. Mikhail hit a sharpshooter at one point and a version of Milano Collection AT's AT Lock. Zouev was no slouch either and was very Volk Han like here. I also loved Zouev blocking an over the shoulder toss simply by falling back. Very good stuff here and I really was interested in this. Rating: ***3/4
Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs. Bitsadze Ameran
Hans Nyman vs. Ramazi Buzariashvili
Andrei Kopylov vs. Grom Zaza
Volk Han vs. Pieter Oele
Bitsadze Tariel vs. Dimitri Petkov
Akira Maeda vs. Dick Vrij
Akira Maeda beat Dick Vrij quick with a leglock. It was under 5 minutes and they kept it action packed, so it worked, but a 5 minute main is a bit disappointing. I'm not really a fan of the RINGS strikers like Vrij, because they can't really hit that hard and most of the RINGS crew can't sell, so it doesn't work. This was better than expected.
Overall thoughts: This was a pretty good show. There were some really good matches like Zouev/ Ilioukhine, Petkov/Tariel and Kopilov/Zaza that made the show. Nothing was terrible. They also kept things moving with most of the matches being under 7 minutes, which really helped things out when you have some workers who don't really get wrestling. I think this would be a good introduction to RINGS and since it's on youtube, you can check it out if you'd like. Zouev/Ili was definitely the match of the night and Zaza/Kopilov would be close behind.